Firehouse Area Climbing
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Vails Firehouse area is another popular destination offering several climbs from the same approach trail. While the climbs here are shorter and less spectacular than the Designator Area, these climbs offer sustained steep sport-ice climbing on fat water ice or rock as fine as anywhere in the state. As of 2021, several new drytooling routes have been added, making the Firehouse a bit more of a destination. It offers steep face climbing, unique to the pink limestone and sandstone rock in this part of the cliffband.
Per Rob Griz: Updated 2/10. It appears that the owner of one of the duplex units on Willow Way is not psyched to see climbers park respectfully there, and has been calling Vail PD to ticket cars. After talking with Vail PD, your only options are to park in the public lot, just off of the East Vail exit or further down the road at Big Horn Park lot (not actually a lot, more like parking along the street adjacent to the park). From either location, you will need to walk down Lupine Rd to Willow Way to access the trail. Not a big deal, but a hassle in a town that is clueless in dealing with their parking issues. If you can find parking near a bus stop, use that and ride the bus to the intersection of Big Horn and Lupine Rds.
work in progress, please be patient
Thanks to Colorado Mountain Journal for the info & to inspire the update.
A. Lowe Commitment, M8-, 1p, 75', bolts.
B. High Pressure, M8, 1p, 60', screws & bolts.
C. Firehouse Pillar, WI4-5, 1p, 70', screws. Varies in location annually.
DE. Feel the Pressure, M8- PG-13, 1p, 65', bolts.
E. Lowe Pressure, WI5 M6, 1p, 80', bolts & screws.
F. Curtain (various lines), WI3-4, 1p, 70', screws.
G. The West of The East, WI2, 1p, 80', screws.
H. Lowe Standards, M7, 1p, 80', bolts.
A. Lowe (Swingin’) Balls, M6+, 1p, 80', gear.
B. Lowe Angle, M5, 1p, 80', gear & bolts.
C. Blade Runner, M7, 1p, bolts.
D. West Corner, WI3+ M4, 1p, 95', gear.
E. 2nd Leftmost of Left of Right, WI4-5 M4, 1p, 95', TR?
F. The East of The West, WI3+, 1p, 95', screws.
FH1. Variation, WI3+ M3, 1p, 100', screws.
GH1. Lowe Hanging Fruitboots, WI 4-5 M6+, 1p, 80', bolts & screws.
H1. Lowe Gravity aka Right of Right, WI4, 1p, 95', screws.
H2. Meat Puppets, WI5 M7+, 1p, screws & bolts, prow to curtain.
I. Eastern Xpansion, WI4+ M6+, 1p, 105', bolts & gear.
J. Rehab is for Quitters, M6+, 1p, 85', bolts.
K. Modus Operandi, M7-, 1p, 70', bolts.
L. Silver-Tongued Devil, WI5+ M6, 1p, 80', gear.
150m further right/west
M. Unknown, M6+, 1p, 85', gear.
Classic Climbing Routes at Firehouse Area
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